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MARCH 2013

HAPPY EASTER! FEATURING

CLOPHILL GETS ITS OWN FACEBOOK PAGE

FIND OUT

WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND CLOPHILL


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A word from the Editor...

Welcome to your new-look Spotlight!

Yes, your local village magazine has been given a fresh new look – courtesy of our new design manager Chris Abrahams. And as part of the revamp, all the ads have now been bundled together in a lovely section at the back of Spotlight, along with a handy directory to help you find what you’re looking for. And that’s not all that’s new. We’ve also got a brand-new regular column from Colin Watt, who’ll be delving into Clophill’s history. Finally, this month we’re saying goodbye – and thank-you – to our ad manager David Liu. And hello to Leon Emirali, who’s taking over the position.

Do let the Spotlight team know what you think of the new look! Don’t forget to send your articles, announcements and posters in to clophillspotlight1@hotmail.co.uk. The deadline for the April issue is March 20th.

The magazine staff EDITOR

Helen Gent, 25 Mill Lane email: clophillspotlight1@hotmail.co.uk

DESIGN MANAGER

Chris Abrahams email: cmabrahams@yahoo.co.uk

ADVERTISING MANAGER

Leon Emirali email: leon.emirali@me.com

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DISTRIBUTION MANAGER

Steve Smith

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TREASURER

Richard Pearson

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What could be cheerier than a carpet of yellow daffodils? Our cover photo was taken a few years ago at Ascott House, near Wing, Leighton Buzzard, by our treasurer and roving photographer Richard Pearson. 1


Clophill gets its own Facebook page Stuart Hoare has set up a Facebook page for Clophill Village. He tells Spotlight what inspired him...

My parents moved to Clophill in 1974 and I was born a year later. My family roots aren’t in the village, but it’s where I was born and I’ll always call it home. I moved out of the village in about 1994 but I still come back to the place I grew up as often as I can. Clophill holds a great many fond memories for me, from lower school football tournaments (we were unbeatable in those days!) and British Bulldog in the playground to the Battle of Britain or Red Arrows flypast at one of the famous fetes. I also remember how beautiful the village was (and still is, of course). Thatched roofs, perfectly manicured gardens, ancient sandstone walls, narrow lanes and the many houses Stuart, pictured far left on the back row, with his brother, Stephen, middle front with names instead of row, in the Lower School football team, 1985. The Compasses is in the background. numbers are all reminders of how much heritage and history our village has. From John Mendham to Clophill House, from the Parish Room to Diggins Garage, there’s so much fascinating history and information about Clophill that every day I hear something new. Only recently did I discover that during the early 1900s the village had a cricket team that would host matches against neighbouring villages and towns. Exactly where the wicket was is something of a mystery but I’m determined to fill in that small gap in history! And that’s why I’ve set up the Clophill Village Facebook page. It’s for everybody to use for uploading pictures, creating local events or just for sharing news and views about the village. Hopefully, the page will grow and become not only a place to see pictures of Clophill in years gone by but also the place where you go to find out what’s happening and when. So come and have a look, there’s lots to see... and plenty of space to add your own pictures and memories of our beautiful little village in the hills!

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St Mary’s School News

Our Value for March is

Love

If you’d like to help your child understand more about the value of love you may wish to consider the following: The word Love is connected to the Latin lubere, meaning ‘to please’. When you love someone, you want to please them and make them feel happy. The Biblical definition of love from 1 Corinthians: Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things; believes all things; hopes all things; endures all things.

Important dates for your diary in 2013 March Wednesday 13th, 3.30pm Monday 25th, 2.30pm Tuesday 26th, 2.30pm Thursday 28th, 9.15am Thursday 28th, 10.30am-3.30pm

Residential trip, meeting in the hall, Year 3+4 Lent concert Lent concert Easter service in Church (please note this isn’t at our usual time due to a church event) ‘Our Journey to Easter’ (a Christian Easter themed day to finish term in a special reflective way) Term ends

April Monday 15th

Term starts

May Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd Saturday 18th

Residential trip to Bedford, Year 3+4 Church fete and village event

June Wednesday 5th Class photographs Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd Year 4 French trip Saturday 29th Football tournament July Friday 5th

Friday 19th, 1.30pm

Transfer day: children into new classrooms and Year 4 to middle school Leavers’ service in church Term ends 3


St Mary’s Church A ‘Thank you’ from St Mary’s Church St Mary’s Church held a ‘coffee and cake’ morning in February to raise funds for Janina, their ‘adopted’ child in Paraguay, whom the Church Council sponsors via Plan International UK. They say: ‘We were amazed and delighted with everyone’s generous response and the mouth-watering cakes on offer. Some of us were even lucky to be able to buy some to bring home! A very happy and social time with the very pleasing total of £405 for the charity. THANK YOU ALL!’

Traditional Church Fete and Village Event Saturday 18th May, 12 noon-4pm

We are holding another Fete and Village Event on 18th May in the grounds of St Mary’s Church. Our aim is to organise a Fete for the enjoyment of all ages and to involve as many organisations and individuals as possible. We want to provide the opportunity for all to promote their organisation and to raise money for their own cause. This year we are planning to extend the attractions to entertain the children and inform the grownups. We hope everyone will be supporting this popular event. Vaughan Wilton & Carolyn Cranswick

For further information phone 01525 860113

Footsteps for all children Children of all ages are invited to attend Footsteps during all our Sunday Morning Services at 10.45am Footsteps is an activity based session usually based on the Bible reading of the day. It takes place in the Oakley Room, led by CRB checked leaders. The activities include crafts, drama, stories and discussions. The children are encouraged to leave their parents to enjoy the Service and return towards the end to show the congregation what they have been doing. All children are welcome

Easter services Maundy Thursday School Service 9.15am Agape Supper 7pm A traditional meal and service A quiet day of prayer and reflection 10.30am-3.30pm, with devotional prayers. The Rector will be in attendance all day. Good Friday Service at Haynes at 2pm Easter Eve Service at Campton 8pm Easter Day Communion 10.45am Everyone very welcome at all services 4


Clophill & District Flower Club The club welcomed everyone on a very cold evening for our first meeting of the year. First off, it was announced that the yearly fee will now be £25, and visitors £5, which includes refreshments. The audience were then informed that after 30 years Kate had stepped down as treasurer, and after 25 years Ann has stepped aside from the sales table. Both ladies, we’re glad to say, are still members of the committee. In 2012, the flower club supported the British Heart Foundation, and we raised £500 for the charity. The audience voted to support St. John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger for 2013. We heard the lovely news that Carolyn and Ann had been invited to help decorate Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Celebrations in March. Then it was time to welcome Vicky Traherne, who introduced us to ‘Spring Fever’ with a small spring garden containing miniature daffodils with red and yellow tulips, Arum pictim leaves, plus pink viburnam, choysia and hellebore. Her next arrangement was ‘Norway’ – a contemporary forest with various greenery, white roses and greeny-cream carnations. To finish we had red-tinted bergenia leaves, pale lilac hebe, and some lovely roses called aqua girl. Which brought us to ‘Valentine’s Day’, with a red flower called sestrum, cryptomeria sekaken, bressingham ruby begonia with some lovely white pinktinged roses, topped off with red lilies. A tall grey urn which looked like pottery but in actual fact was made of glass had purple liatris, raplis fern and purple artificial cabbages finished with yellow roses. And to end a wonderful demonstration Vicky brought out a tall glass container into which went aspidistra and fatsia leaves, white calla lilies with white roses and white lilac topped off with gorgeous Singapore orchids, to complement green anthuriums called medory. At the end of the evening the club presented Doris with a card to celebrate her 97th birthday in February, along with one of the lovely arrangements. Liz Coleman, Committee Member

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Your letters... Dear Villagers

The New Year brings Zig Zag Pre-School many exciting new opportunities and we’d like to give you an update on what we aim to achieve for Zig Zag in 2013. We want to improve the pre-school experience for our children and parents. Through the year we’ll be consulting with our parents, FunZone, Toddler Group, Village Hall Committee, the School, Parish and Local Councils, our MP and anyone else interested, on ways to achieve this. Foremost will be a review of the setting for Zig Zag. It’s our vision that the children and staff of our village pre-school are able to continue the fabulous work they do in a purpose-built, high-specification, pre-school building. We’ve already had encouraging discussions with St Mary’s Lower School to build a new venue in the school grounds. The building will be very much in keeping with the local environs of Clophill and has been planned to provide a flexible, safe and secure setting for all our pre-school children to play and learn. All this is on the proviso that we’re able to raise the necessary funds of course! Zig Zag will have a full fund-raising calendar this year and we really hope you will lend us your support and help us to achieve our goal. Any help, advice or donations you’re able to offer would be gratefully received by all at Zig Zag. It’s our hope that a 21st-century pre-school will stimulate our children and ensure the future of our community pre-school. Without change our pre-school will close. For more information please contact: About the pre-school: playleader@zigzagpreschool.org.uk 07906 573471 About the new build and any donations: Abbie Warner, zigzag@gmail.com

Kind regards

Zig Zag Pre-School Committee, Clophill Village Hall

In memory... Christine Mathieson sadly passed away on 13th January. Christine was a very active member of the CPA group until she moved from Clophill to be closer to her children. She made a difference to the village with her support for improving facilities and making the village as attractive as possible. Her support for our daffodils initiative has made our village a much nicer place in the springtime and hopefully as they are just resurfacing now we will remember Christine’s work. Projects she supported also included the new bus shelter and the Cainhoe Road seat. She will be remembered for her enthusiasm and artistic skills. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time. 6


Dear Residents of Clophill Re: St Mary’s churchyard Many of you will have seen the tree works to some of the American Oaks in our beautiful churchyard. The members of the Church Council take great pride and care of this beautiful area and it’s a feature within the village. They are also aware of the need to maintain the trees in a good and safe condition for all concerned, safety being of paramount importance. The Central Bedfordshire Tree and Landscape Officer has recently visited the site on two occasions. We’re advised that the oldest of this type of oak have reached the end of their life span and some have fungal infection. Following his recommendations and the closer inspection by our contractor, we put in hand the necessary safety work to the tree on the right of the entrance and have made formal permission to fell this particular tree. At this point, we’d like to record our thanks to our Parish Council for their grant of £500 towards the work in hand, which will include cutting back the overhanging branches of the yew tree that are cloaking the street light. We therefore need to put in place a plan (probably to be carried out over a few years) to fell and replace the oldest trees. This is where everyone comes in and where we need your input! The Church grounds are used by the community every day. The children of Robert Bloomfield School wait for the school bus, the children of Funzone (the Breakfast and After School Club) walk through and play in the grounds, people visit the Garden of Rest and also walk through using the right of way. Members of the community attend the church services and enjoy the very attractive environment. The grounds are used for the Church and Village Fete, Open Gardens Weekends, Open Air Concerts and the popular Scarecrow Festival. At the time of writing we’re just beginning to formulate a plan of action, the first being to consult everyone, take your views into consideration and finally meet together. The Church Council will then have to put forward a plan to the appropriate authorities (Central Beds and the Diocese of St Albans). Plans of the present layout and photographs of the churchyard will be displayed in church (usually open during daylight hours). These will clearly show the affected trees. We’ll also keep you informed of developments through Spotlight. If any group, organisation or individual has ideas as to variety, type and position of replacement trees they’d like to see, please speak or write to one of the churchwardens, Gill Jones or Liz Henman. Our contact details are listed on the ‘Useful Numbers’ page and in the church porch. Thank you for reading this. We look forward to your ideas and to speaking and meeting with you.

With best wishes

Liz Henman and Gill Jones (Churchwardens) 7


Clophill through the years by Colin Watt

Hats off to Clophill’s straw plaiters In the first of a regular column tracing Clophill’s history, Colin Watt tells us about the village’s straw-plaiting industry. Plaiting straw to make hats and bonnets has been carried out in the UK for centuries, but in the 19th century it became a major local cottage industry supplying the hat factories of Luton. In Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire the main female employment was straw plaiting in the home. Why Luton became the centre of the straw hat industry isn’t known for sure. Some say it’s because the soil of the Chilterns grew a suitable straw. The census data for Clophill (1851 to 1881) shows that a large proportion of the female population were working as straw plaiters. A straw dealer would purchase straw from farmers and have it prepared for plaiting. It was cleaned, bleached and cut at the nodes into lengths similar to modern drinking straws. It was then delivered to the homes of the plaiters for them to use. The finished plait, in 20-yard lengths, was collected by the dealers and sold to the hat makers in Luton. Alternatively, villagers could travel to the straw plait markets, such as the one at Shefford, to sell their plait at better prices to the dealers. At Luton, the plait would be made into hats; hand-sewn at first then later machine-sewn. Children, some as young as four, had to learn to plait straw. The 1851 census shows that there was a straw plaiting school in Little Lane run by a Lucy Ashby. Most villages had these schools, but they were renowned for being cramped and unhealthy, being little more than child slave labour. The boys moved on to agricultural labouring work when old and strong enough. The girls continued plaiting at home. There was a rhyme that they recited to remember the sequence of the plaiting:Under one and over two Pull it tight, and that will do. You can see this in the photo with the last straw that goes from left to right. The plait was held in the fingers, and the thumbs used to bend the straw at the edges. The plaiting schools were known as ‘sore thumb schools’. 7 straw Dunstable plait (Gillian Nott) 8


Old photo of 34 High Street, Clophill

The industry reached its peak in the 1870s, then cheap imports from China killed the demand for locally-made plait. The censuses show a rapid reduction in the number of people working in the industry over the next 20 years. Also, the population of Clophill reduced, probably because families were moving to the towns and cities in pursuit of work. In the memoirs of Jack Burgoine and Jack Pitts they both mention that a Mr Manning lived at 34 High Street and was a hat manufacturer. There’s no other evidence to show whether the ‘hat factory’ was at number 34 but looking at old photos it can be seen that the south wing looks as if it was built for industry. It had a flat concrete roof which now has a pitched roof built on top of it and the windows have been changed. Is this where the ‘hat factory’ was? • You can see a demonstration demonstration of straw plaiting in Episode 6 of the ‘Victorian Farm’ on YouTube • Find out more about Clophill’s history at www.clophillhistory.org.uk

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Clophill Parish Council Notes from the Parish Council Meeting held on 26th February 2013 (Readers are reminded that these notes are a resume only, official minutes are available both on the internet and notice boards. All official correspondence should be sent to the parish clerk and not individual councillors.) The Parish Precept – No Increase for Fifth Year At a finance meeting held in January 2013, the parish council decided to hold the parish precept for a fifth year and maintain, and in some cases increase, the level of service received within the village. This has been made possible by ensuring that the services we pay for are obtained at the best possible rates and running the parish council as a business, albeit a local service industry with the people of the village at its heart. We’re also grateful for some generous donations to our funds for some capital projects. The council is mindful that whilst there’s an ongoing recession there are some within our community who are experiencing hardship and it’s important that your local council doesn’t add, without good reason, to this burden. Public Question Time There were two questions from the public. The first was concerning the possibility of placing a salt bin at the junction of The Causeway and the High Street for use in bad weather. This was discussed and the parishioner told that there were no plans for that to take place at the moment. Two salt bins are on order for other places within the village and a stock of salt together with a spreader is available at The Pound at the village green. This matter, however, will be kept under review. The other question was regarding the development at Paradise Farm on The Causeway. This matter is being pursued by the parish council with Central Bedfordshire Council. Church Path A short presentation was given by Ali Bradbury (Parish Councillor and Chair of the CPA) regarding a proposal to place a barrier for vehicles on the Church Path to limit those trying to gain access to the Old Church during the hours of darkness for anti-social behaviour. This will become more important with the work to be carried out at the old church site. Residents of Church Path have been canvassed by the group and are generally supportive of the project. This will now be referred to the Planning Department of Central Bedfordshire Council. A process of further consultation of all interested parties will now take place before any decision is reached. The parish council supports this move provided that the legal obstacles can be overcome and residents are happy with the project. Police Report The council received a report from Bedfordshire Police regarding crime within the village. Of concern is another burglary to a house on the High Street. Thieves smashed a rear patio door to gain entrance to the home and once inside stole money. In nearly every Spotlight issue we repeat the same message. Keep your homes and vehicles secure. DON’T leave keys in doors and windows that have locks, remove them and put them somewhere safe. If you see something suspicious telephone the police and let them know. If you want help with crime prevention Bedfordshire Police will assist with this free service. 10


The Lands Committees The details and legalities of the proposed permissive footpath through Pine Hill are still ongoing with CBC. Completion is expected in February/March of this year. Tender letters have been drafted and are ready to send out for the removal of the redundant footbridge at The Green. A formal response by the Parish Council’s Solicitor has been sent to Land Registry in regard to the dispute over rights of way over parish land at Hay Close, Clophill. Damage to the roof of the bus shelter at The Green has now been repaired. The CPA Remedial work will take place at The Pound, repairing the walls etc in late April. This is important conservation work for the village. In addition, it’s intended to undertake a village ‘spring clean’ on April 6th – volunteers are most welcome. If anyone would like to help they can contact Ali Bradbury directly. Dog Fouling This was mentioned in the last report, but the situation isn’t much better. We’re aware that responsible dog owners do clear up after their pets. We would ask villagers who see pet owners leaving the mess created by their dogs on our pavements to challenge the owners and ask them to remove what their dogs have left. In addition, the matter isn’t helped by someone marking the area with pink spray paint. This makes the situation worse – please stop.

Planning – February 2013 Applications Received by Central Bedfordshire CB/13/00288/FULL Location: 87 High Street Proposal: Single-storey rear extension Applicant: Mr E Angus Proposal is to extend existing ground-floor utility room at courtyard side of house to the west (ie towards Great Lane) with new north wall and roofing to create a larger breakfast/ kitchen area. Previous approved application to extend whole gable front has expired. No impact on neighbours. SUPPORT CB/13/00349/MWLE Location: Quarry to south east of A507, adjacent to Beadlow Proposal: Application for Lawful Development Certificate for an existing use/ operation/activity as a waste and transfer station Applicant: Details awaited from CBC The PC is awaiting details from CBC. Application is for legal acceptance in perpetuity for activity which applicant claims has been carried out, unchallenged (but unapproved) on this site.

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Clophill Parish Council Continued CB/13/00478/FULL Location: 11 The Causeway Proposal: Single-storey front and two-storey rear extensions Applicant: Mr and Mrs G Bonner Plan is to extend whole front of this narrow house on ground floor and build a new porch in the centre. Combined with two-storey rear extension, this will create larger and additional rooms (playroom and kitchen/diner and fourth bedroom with en suite). No overlooking and minimal effect on neighbours, except for some loss of sunlight impacting neighbours on both sides. They are objecting and the PC has referred to CBC the decision on whether rules covering ‘loss of light’ in planning applications includes ‘loss of sunlight’. SUPPORT (as qualified) Planning Application Withdrawn CB/12/03659/FULL Location: Top Farm, Beadlow Proposal: Erection of 2.5-storey building Applicant: Mr A Burton Following a site visit with CBC, application has been withdrawn and will be re-submitted with additional information. In any re-submission the PC will seek a condition preventing mud-spread on the road. Application Approved by Central Bedfordshire Location: Land east of Castle Hill Court (Greene King field) Proposal: Erection of nine dwellings with access to Shefford Road Applicant: Greene King plc The development of this site had been approved as a part of the CBC Site Allocations DPD (together with the site behind No 122A High Street) after consideration by the government planning inspectorate. The site plan of the development was completed after close liaison with CBC Planning and Highways and was supported by the PC. A proportion of affordable houses is included. The approval contains 19 conditions to ensure that the development is appropriate and includes proper provision of car parking. Appeal Against Central Bedfordshire Planning Refusal CB/12/02629/FULL – APP/P0240/A/13/2191178 Location: Dunclyn House, Shefford Road Proposal: Against CBC Refusal of Planning Application CB/12/02629/FULL Applicant: Mr J Hammer Appellant had applied to convert recently constructed stables (never used) into onebedroom flat for his son, following breakdown of marriage with no longer a need for stables. CBC had refused on several grounds, including that property is outside the village settlement envelope. The Government Planning Inspectorate will now consider the appeal. Responses should be sent direct to the Planning Inspectorate. Details, including 12


Appellant’s submission are on the CBC website. PC is concerned over precedence, especially for such developments outside the settlement envelope. OBJECT Notification of Trees in a Conservation Area CB/TCA/13/00018 Location: Clophill House, High Street Proposal: Reduce lime trees at entranceway to High Street by one third and remove basal shoots. Trim back a row of yew trees along boundary with Mill Lane to form a hedge. Applicant: Mrs A Warner CB/TCA/00030 Location: Proposal: Applicant:

St Mary’s Church, High Street Fell red oak Qrubra adjacent to High Street Mrs L Henman (Churchwarden)

Although an important element of the avenue to the church and to the Conservation Area of the village, this tree (first on right from High Street), which has had safety lopping, has also developed ganno derma fungus. Experts (and including from CBC) regrettably have recommended felling and replacement. It’s expected that other trees in this avenue will also shortly require felling and replacement as they are reaching their full life expectancy. The next Parish Council meeting will take place at 7.45pm on Wednesday March 27th, with a surgery commencing at 7.30pm

Parish registers for March 1813 Baptisms March 7th Burials March 10th

1913 Marriages March 1st

John Rainbow

Leonard Stevens to Violet May Hill No baptisms or burials recorded

Ann Brooks

1863 Baptisms March 1st

Burials March 12th

1963 No registers recorded

? Hill Emma Peat John ? Sarah ?

ST. MARY’S CHURCH REGISTERS FOR JAN/FEB 2013 Memorial Service January 30th Carol Gevargiz

Mary Smith (?) 74

Burial of Ashes February 11th Freddie Graham, 62 13


Wildlife walks & talks British Amphibians Wednesday 13th March, 7.45pm, Maulden Church Hall Join Helen Muir-Howie, the BNHS county recorder for amphibians and reptiles, to hear about our newts, frogs and toads. Suggested donation, £2 per adult

‘In Search of a Tiger’ with Nick Hammond Wednesday 24th April, 7.45pm, Maulden Church Hall A group of artists visited Bandavgarh National Park to find and paint tigers to draw international attention to their plight. Suggested donation, £2 per adult To reserve a space, or for additional information, please email flitvale.info@gmail.com or ring Kathy on 07890 347327 after 6pm or at weekends

Village groups Beverley Court Brownies Christians Together in Clophill Clophill Community Care Clophill Parish Action Clophill Toddler Group Clophill United Charities Conservation Group Flower Club Friends of the Cheshire Home Funzone After School Club Indoor Carpet Bowls Neighbourhood Watch Pre-school Leader St Mary’s PTA Scouts and Cubs Tuesday Club Village Hall Booking Secretary

Sharon Soper Nicky James Fergus Milne Duty Contact Ali Bradbury Louisa Sherry Gillian Hill Brian Adams Gillian Hill Sue Pearson Rosemary Ilett Tony Meredith Mick Everitt Charlotte Benjamin Ralph Rayner Betty Hampson Marilyn Browning

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LOTS OF TOYS, SPACE AND FRIENDS FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS UNDER 3. FRIDAYS 10-11.30am at theatVillage HallHall the Village 10 – 11.30am FRIDAYS See ‘Village Groups’ for contact name & phone number No phone & name See ‘Village Groups’ for contact 14


Bottoms up toWarden Abbey Vineyard English wines have been getting a lot of press lately, but did you know that Bedfordshire has its own award-winning vineyard? Warden Abbey Vineyard, between Old Warden and Cardington, has been producing wine for over 20 years. Perhaps even more surprisingly, there was a large vineyard on the site in Medieval times, planted by the Cistercian monks of Warden Abbey. Now the vineyard has been taken on as a joint project by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) and Shuttleworth College to provide a unique community resource – and to carry on the tradition of making great wines. The vines are cared for by volunteers, community groups and other local charities. Volunteer sessions run most Tuesdays and Fridays, along with some weekend sessions throughout the year. Jane Markham, the Community Vineyard Manager, says, ‘We show you what to do and provide all the tools. The sessions are a lot of fun and it’s a great way to enjoy being outdoors.’ Weekend sessions are currently planned for: • Sunday May 19th, 10.30am-1.30pm • Saturday May 25th, 10.30am-1.30pm To book a session or for more information: Telephone: 07981 113714 or email: info@wardenvineyard

The project’s first wine ‘The Reformer 2010’ was a silver medallist at the 2012 England and Wales Wine of the Year competition. It’s available from the Kings Arms in Cardington, Cambridge Wine Merchants in Ampthill and Woburn Country Foods Farm Shop in Haynes. Proceeds support keeping the vineyard for the community.

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Come into the kitchen with Christine Fellini

A mouth-watering treat! This month we’re lucky enough to have yet another international recipe – a mouth-watering Slovakian meatloaf. We were offered this on Christmas Day as it’s traditional in Slovakia – and we all loved it! SLOVAKIAN MEAT LOAF

(Courtesy of Vlasta Nemetova) • Small bunch of fresh parsley, chopped • 5 tbsp of fresh breadcrumbs • 1 tsp mixed spice • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 1.5lb kg mixed beef and pork mince • 4 free range eggs • 2-3 cloves of garlic • 1 medium onion, chopped 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together thoroughly with your hands. Leave to stand in the fridge for about 12 hours to allow all the flavours to mingle. Preheat your oven to 170°. Form a loaf-shape meatloaf and place on an oiled baking tray or in an oiled loaf tin. Bake in the oven for about 1½ hours, moistening with a little water every so often so that it doesn’t split. This meatloaf is delicious hot or cold and is ideal for a buffet or lunch boxes.

THE CHEAT’S GUIDE TO BEING A DOMESTIC GODDESS

Our March tips, from Helen G, are all about entertaining...

Switch off the lights and use candles or fairylights instead – people are less likely to notice your coffee-stained carpet. Use magazines as placemats Your dinner guests can flick through them between courses – and if you’re running out of conversation, just open the magazine and discuss whatever topic you find there. Use quirky presentation Pretty teacups are handy for serving soup and desserts like Eton mess (it might look a mess, but you can’t really tell when it’s in a teacup!). Chocolate mousse looks good in a shot glass, and a simple prawn cocktail looks quite fancy in a wine glass. * Thanks to everyone who’s sent in tips – please keep them coming! STOP THE HERB SLUDGE! You know how fresh herbs can quickly turn into a green sludge in your fridge? You can stop it happening by washing the herbs as soon as you buy them, patting dry with kitchen paper then wrapping in a piece of dry kitchen paper and placing in a clean, dry plastic bag. DO YOU HAVE ANY TRIED-AND-TESTED RECIPES OR HOUSEHOLD TIPS TO SHARE? I’d love to have your input so please get in touch at christine@casafellini.co.uk or call me on 861912 17


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Sunday 10th Mothering Sunday Service and Family Communion led by Rev Dean Henley, 10.45am, St Mary’s Church, Clophill

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Wednesday 13th Lent lunch at 95 High Street, Clophill, noon-2pm

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Wednesday 20th Lent lunch at 72 High Street, Clophill, noon-2pm

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Saturday 23rd Car Wash and Valet at Ampthill Fire Station, 9am-4pm Car wash, £5; valet, £3. Light refreshments available Proceeds in aid of Flitwick Air Cadets who support Macmillan Cancer Support

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Saturday 30th Table Top Sale and Easter Egg Hunt, Clophill,12.30-4.30pm Tables on the Green and Egg Hunt Trail up the High Street Trail and activities in support of Zig Zag Pre-school

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Saturday 20th Messy Church at Clophill Methodist Church, 4-6pm An all-age event where children and adults can get together to enjoy crafts, fellowship and a delicious meal (with homemade cakes!)

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Friday 10th to Saturday 18th Production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ by TADS Theatre Group, Toddington Tickets: £10, £8 for concessions. To book visit tadstheatre.org or call 07952 633234

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Saturday 18th Clophill Village Fete, St Mary’s Church, noon-4pm

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Saturday 18th Messy Church at Clophill Methodist Church, 4-6pm An all-age event where children and adults can get together to enjoy crafts, fellowship and a delicious meal (with homemade cakes!) Saturday 18th Help Johnny Walk charity evening, Clophill Village Hall, 8pm Live music and pig roast. Tickets £10 in advance. Details at www.johnnypantry.com

Every Wednesday • ‘Tea and Chat’ in Clophill Methodist Church Schoolroom, 10.30am-noon • Celtic Evening Prayer, Clophill Methodist Church, 7.30pm. All are welcome

Every Friday • Clophill Toddler Group Clophill Village Hall, 10am-11.30am See ‘Village Groups’ for contact details

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Useful numbers Gas (Emergency) Electricity (Emergency) Emergency Fire/Police/Ambulance Water/Sewage (Anglian Water) Telephone (Customer Services) 150 Highways Department (Central Bedfordshire Council) Benefits Agency (Bedford office) Registrar’s Office (Births/deaths/marriages) Rail (Bedford) 01234 269686 Buses 01234 262151 (Link A Ride) 01525 840511 Luton Airport Swimming (Flitwick) 01525 717744 LIBRARIES

Bedford Barton

01234 350931 01582 881101

LOCAL GOVERNMENT Central Beds Offices (Chicksands) Mid-Beds MP Central Bedfordshire Councillors Paul Duckett 07988 184061 Clophill Parish Council (Clerk) HOSPITALS Bedford (North & South)

Ampthill Flitwick

01525 402278 01525 715268

Nadine Dorries Michael Blair Mark Smith Peter Clarke Mrs Lyn Lyman

0300 300 8000 01462 811992 01525 404513 01525 402560 01525 861179 01908 584159

01234 355122

Admissions Appointments

01234 261150 01234 359012 0845 1270127

(Houghton Close) 0844 8151055

(Oliver Street) (Greensands) Appointments Flitwick

01525 631395 01525 631390 01462 810034 0844 4996928

Non Emergency

101 01234 841212 01234 842627 01234 842613

Luton & Dunstable DOCTOR’S CLINICS Ampthill

0800 111999 0800 7838838 999 0845 7145145 (Faults) 151 0300 3008049 01234 361500 0300 3008089 (Flitwick) 01582 27612 (Flittabus) 01582 406561 01582 405100 (Robinson Pool) 01234 212479

Shefford Barton 01582 528700

Enquiries 01462 818620

POLICE County Police HQ Ampthill Station Clophill Local Policing Team CHURCHES St Mary’s Parish Church St Francis of Assisi Shefford Clophill Methodist Church

(Gill Jones) 01525 861058

SCHOOLS St Mary’s School, Clophill Harlington Upper School, Harlington Redborne Upper School, Ampthill Robert Bloomfield Middle School, Shefford

or (Liz Henman) 01525 860108 01462 813436 (Mr Jim Davies) 01525 860829 01525 860206 01525 755100 01525 404462 01462 628800

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Gravenhurst Saddlery FOR ALL YOUR: SADDLERY, RIDING WEAR & COUNTRY CLOTHING. HORSE & PET FEEDS DEPARTMENT SADDLERY REPAIR SERVICE AVAILABLE. AT

ION FARM, LOWER GRAVENHURST

OPEN (MON - SAT 9a.m. - 5.30) TEL: 01525 861687 Telephone 01525 860526

The Stone Jug

A Free House BACK STREET, CLOPHILL

It’s time to accept the fact that we are in the 21st century. So with this in mind we will be moving with the times this year and installing a chip and pin machine and joining the world-wide web! All in good time though, after all Rome wasn’t built in a day! Some things don’t change though – we still offer good quality, fairly priced home cooked lunches, a proper pub atmosphere, real ales and dogs welcome. So if you haven’t tried us yet make 2013 the year to make that change. Once again, thank you for your support So for now it’s business as usual………………

REMEMBER OUR MOTTO “A VISIT TO THE JUG IS BETTER THAN GOING TO A PUB” CHEERS JOYCE & VIKKI

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EST. 1989

Suppliers of traditional and modern equipment

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installation

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Unit 4A, Shefford Industrial Park, St Francis Way, Shefford SG17 5DZ 25

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In an uncertain financial world you can be certain of good advice. We can offer you complete financial advice with a friendly and professional service at your home or our office.

Hills-Howson Independent Financial Services

Including:Investments

The Old Post Office 53 High Street Clophill Beds MK45 4BE

Pensions Protection

Tel: 01525 861803 www.hills-howson.co.uk hills.howson@btconnect.com

Inheritance Tax planning

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R.G.S. TILING

Bathrooms, Kitchens, Conservatories - Walls & Floors Specialist in all aspects of ceramic tiling 30 Years experience

Tel: 01525 860849

Mob: 07900 249810

Email: simzie64@hotmail.com

Lady Gardener

Lady Gardener

Do you need help to keep your garden looking good allkeep year your round. Do you need help to garden looking good Would you like to plan and plant a new all year round. existing Would youor like to planborder. and plant a new For regular or maintenance or a one off visit existing border. phone Julie on 01525 861864 ForPlease regular maintenance or a one off visit Please phone Julie on 01525 861864

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AIMS ♦ Professional service providing for all your accounting and tax needs ♦ Practical advice based on 20 years experience in running businesses ♦ Personal approach with fixed fees relevant to the work you need ♦ Friendly, local accountant supporting the community for over 20 years

Tim Kemp BA FCA Top Barn Rectory Road Steppingly MK45 5AT TEL/FAX : 01525 717141 MOBILE : 07900 823 012 www.aims.co.uk e-mail: timk@aims.co.uk

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Established 1901

AUCTION EVERY SATURDAY Viewing every Friday 8.30am - 8.00pm and morning of sale

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ENTRIES INVITED MONDAY - WEDNESDAY Please contact us for further details

Bedford Auction Centre, 26 Newnham Street, Bedford MK40 3JR

01234 266 366

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ROGER STOREY

YOUR LOCAL PAINTER AND DECORATOR Friendly and Reliable Service Many Years Experience 1 Please phone: 01525 861253 or 07800 777615

CTP CONSTRUCTION Local Building Company Established for over 25 years U.K. Trades Approved No job too small - Competitive prices Free estimates given on all Building Work Tel: Silsoe 01525 860105 www.ctpconstruction.co.uk

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This advertising space is still available! To see your business advertised here, please contact our Advertising Manager Leon Emirali on 01525 869104 or leon.emirali@me.com

Baths, Toilets & Showers Sinks and Taps Guttering Leaks and Burst Pipes Drainage Handyman jobs also

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Silsoe Newsagency 24 High Street, Silsoe, Beds. Telephone: Silsoe 861522

HOURS OF OPENING

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6.30AM - 9.00PM 8.00AM - 9.00PM 8.00AM - 5.00PM

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THE COMPUTER MAN Got a problem with your computer and don’t know what

to do? Suffering with a virus or spam?

Don’t hesitate! Ring your local computer expert Remote repairs or home visits (Day, evening & weekend)

Lap top/desk top loan

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Contact Stephen Amos

07976 718567

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Many Years Experience

Please phone:

01525 861253

or

07800 777615

J J Whelan Decorators Local business established over 20 years All interior & exterior work undertaken Wood floors sanded and finished to your choice Kitchen units looking tired? Why not have them painted Tel: Clophill 01525 862929 or mobile 07768 830836

CTP QUALITY CONSTRUCTION HIGH CARPET Local Building Company & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING Established for over 25 years U.K. Trades Approved No job too small - Competitive prices Free estimates given on all Building Work Tel: Silsoe 01525 860105 www.ctpconstruction.co.uk

Ring Steve

01582 882620

TREE SURGERY, HEDGE TRIMMING, TURFING, FENCE MAINTENANCE, DECKING, PATIO CLEANING 13 Competitive Rates Qualified, Fully Insured, Free Estimates

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Ampthill and and Flitwick Flitwick Ampthill Physiotherapy Clinic Clinic Physiotherapy

The very best physiotherapy care from a friendly The very best physiotherapy care from a friendly approachable clinic with ten highly trained approachable clinic with ten highly trained Chartered physiotherapists Chartered physiotherapists Daytime, Saturday and evening appointments Daytime, Saturday and evening appointments We also offer: Reflexlology ~ Pilates ~ Nutrition We also offer: Reflexlology ~ Pilates ~ Nutrition ~ Homeopathy ~ Counselling ~ Fitness Training ~ ~ Homeopathy ~ Counselling ~ Fitness Training ~ 7 Station Square - Flitwick - Beds - MK45 1 DP 7 Station Square - Flitwick - Beds - MK45 1 DP Telephone: 01525 720882 Telephone: 01525 720882 Fax 01525 720886 Fax 01525 720886 www.chartered-physiotherapy.co.uk www.chartered-physiotherapy.co.uk

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PETER SHARPE BUILDING SERVICES LTD Call us first for ALL your building works and get reliability, quality & sensible prices. Domestic extensions Design & build service General building works, drives, patios Carpentry, kitchen fitting, wall & floor tiling Laminate flooring & hardwood flooring Mini digger and driver hire Electrical installations including Building Regulation part P certification Roofing repairs carried out Conservatories, UPVC windows ‘BEDFORDSHIRE’S PROFESSIONAL BUILDER’

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Unit 6, 6, Woodside Woodside Farm, Farm, Clophill Clophill Road, Road, Maulden, Maulden, Beds, Beds, MK45 MK45 2AE 2AE Unit Feeds for for Dogs, Dogs, Cats, Cats, Rabbits, Rabbits, Horses, Horses, Ponies, Ponies, Feeds Poultry, Goats, Sheep, Birds Poultry, Goats, Sheep, Birds

Tel: 01525 01525 860150 860150 Tel: ‘For all all creatures creatures great and and small small 1 great ‘For serving the local community for over 30 years’ years’ serving the local community for over 30

Chapman & Kirby Heating Gas, Plumbing & Heating Installations Gas Safe Registered Boiler Servicing & Maintenance Call us now

Tel: 01525 861255 Mob: 07831 132308 1C, Old Silsoe Road, Clophill, Beds., MK45 4AR 36

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ARCHITECTURAL PLANNING AND BUILDING REGULATIONS DRAWINGS

All types of drawing work for Planning & Building Regulations Approval, Feasibility Studies and Sketch Schemes References and Examples of Work Available on Request Professional, over 20 years Experience, Locally Based Free Advice

Andrew Cox Tel: 01525 - 860099 Mobile: 07748 - 767659 38


Woburn Country Foods

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West End Farm, London Lane, Haynes West End (Left off A6 towards Bedford) MK45 3RA Tel: 01234 740300 Open Tues to Sunday

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Stephen’s Plants The Magazine Staff

EDITOR

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Contact: ANDY WOOD 150A CLOPHILL ROAD MAULDEN BEDFORD MK45 2AE

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SIMON SIMON BISCOE BISCOE LANDSCAPES LANDSCAPES Decking-Fencing-Raised Vegetable Beds-Turfing-Maintenance-Paving-Planting Decking-Fencing-Raised Vegetable Beds-Turfing-Maintenance-Paving-Planting

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Washing Machines Dishwashers Dryers Repairs Servicing Sales A local family business offering a quality service at a competitive price Est. 1981

Tel: CLOPHILL 860148 or Tim Downing direct on 07969 545 276 A member of the White Goods Trade Association Fully Insured

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Our trained and sympathetic staff are always available to provide help and reassurance when you need it most TELEPHONE

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ANDREW BAKER WINDOWS

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On the Green beside the Post Office every Friday 3.30-7.30pm We are your local mobile fish and chip van, we have been parked on the green every Friday for the past 6 years. We serve only the highest quality produce, cooked fresh to order and served to you by our friendly staff. Why don’t you pop down and come and Try Our Fry! To avoid waiting in the cold, give us a call to

place your order on: 07833 786108 A big thank you to all our customers who have loyally supported us over the past couple of years.

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OSTEOPATHY Deborah Pedley BSc (Hons) Ost. Registered Osteopath The Clophill Centre for Complementary Therapy Clophill Fruit Farm, Shefford Road Clophill

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To book appointments call:

07969 921112

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Advertisers index Auctioneers & Valuers W&H Peacock

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Florists Jack Burgoine Florist

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Bathroom Services Bathroom Vogue

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Food Suppliers Woburn Country Foods

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Bed & Breakfast R.A. Oliphant

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Builders & Carpenters Andrew Cox - Architectural Plans CTP Construction McCaffrey Build Peter Sharpe Building Services Stuart Benson Building Projects

38 30 IBC 35 IFC

Building Supplies Shefford Building Supplies Ltd

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Cafe/Restaurants The Cafe at Clophill Post Office

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Carpet Services Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

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Car Services/Repairs A&F Motors Ltd Mint Alloys TC Coomber Car Services

IFC 39 BC

Chimney Sweep Poppins Chimney Sweep

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